HE IS A FRIEND
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when the palsied man is carried to the Savior by his four friends. The four men carrying the litter (a stretcher) were kept from getting inside the house and to the Savior because of the multitude. But instead of giving up or saying, “Sorry, buddy, we just couldn’t get in,” they got creative. Hook or by crook—or by tile—they were going to help their friend be healed. With great faith, the friends carried the litter and carefully negotiated the narrow stairs on the side of the house to the rooftop. Here, they found the roof opening too small.
What to do?
Make it bigger, of course. With moxie and determination, these friends began ripping off roof tiles to enlarge the opening. I can only imagine Jesus gently smiling or even chuckling softly as they lowered the litter down to where the He stood. And then He healed the man, who went out rejoicing with his devoted friends.
That’s the kind of friend the Savior is to us. He is always there, always helping, always working on our behalf and never giving up on us. Do we remember that? In times of loneliness or misunderstanding, do we truly remember that we have a constant friend and companion who can help us feel peace, contentment, truth, and comfort? We only have to “pray to the Father” to ask for it, and we can receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost to feel it.
So if people or life or situations make you feel friendless, remember, you always have a friend in Him.
How can I be a more devoted friend today?
40 Days with the Savior
by Connie E. Sokol
Do you desire a more Christ-centered Easter?
You’ll experience a more fulfilling Easter season with this collection of inspirational thoughts on trying to become more like the Savior. For forty days, enjoy a daily scripture and personal insight on a character trait of Jesus Christ. Learn more of who He was and what He taught.
As you read these daily devotionals, you’ll feel a joyful connection to the character of Jesus Christ, understand how much He is involved in your life, and discover how knowing Him better makes your life better, too.
~Connie donates 100% of the profits from her books to charity~
"Connie Sokol, the queen of simple yet effective, has done it again. What a great resource for quick, daily things that we can do to draw closer to the Savior. This easily fits into our busy lives, reminding us of what matters most."
~Peggy Urry, President-elect, American Night Writers Association
“I LOVED this book! Connie brings these scriptures home with real, everyday moments. I can savor these bite-size gems throughout my busy day with little ones. The teachings are powerful, and her added insights brought them home for me in a new way."
~Amy Chandler, Founder My Story Matters
“Connie Sokol’s new book, “40 Days with the Savior”, is just the little push I needed to feel the Savior’s presence in my daily life. Using personal stories, scriptural accounts, and meaningful insights, she helps readers draws closer to Jesus Christ and become a more Christ-centered person. I loved her daily nuggets of wisdom, with titles like, “He Did the Right Thing” and “He Gently Corrects”, to prompt a change of behavior. My Easter will be more meaningful this year!”
~Jodi Marie Robinson, Author of “Women of Virtue” and “A Royal Guardian”
“Connie Sokol has thoughtfully shared fresh insights to well know scriptural phrases. The simple meditations in 40 Days with the Savior are enlightening and empowering. This is an easy way to draw closer to Jesus Christ throughout the Easter season and during the rest of the year. After reading this book I feel my burdens are lighter.”
~Margaret Turley, Author of Save the Child, Administrator Writers Unite to Fight Cancer
Author Connie Sokol
Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, and a sought after national and local speaker. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL’s "Motherhood Matters" blog. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, and Motherhood Matters as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.
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